Most people know what a fever feels like. It lets you know that your body is in a battle with an infectious disease. But what if a rise in body temperature could tell us so much more?
Through a new, unique AI solution, Helsingborg will use sensors to identify trends in elevated body temperature in the population to see what public health benefits can be derived from compiling such data. This groundbreaking AI tech, along with other open data sources, will allow for more accurate health status reports. These can be sent to decision-makers at the local, regional, and national level when it comes to informing the public of outbreaks, assembling crisis taskforces, and preparing healthcare responses. And of course, indicating when it’s time to ease restrictions and get on with our daily lives!
This two-year project within the framework of Helsingborg’s H22 initiative sees the city collaborate with innovation company Spectronic Medical, real estate owner Wihlborgs, and tech hub Get AI. The tech, known as Eiptrend, has been developed by Spectronic Medical and will be used in thermal sensors in Helsingborg central station to gather and chart public body temperatures over time. This will be made available as open – and anonymous – data. With around 40,000 people passing through the station every day, this will make it possible to identify trends in a smart and safe way – for example during flu season, but even more so today, with COVID-19 having a huge impact on all aspects of life.